Your weekend plans, sorted.
From concerts and cafes to culinary collaborations, read on for our picks of the best things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this weekend.
Friday 1 September
Visit the fashionable Coach Café
Located inside Bloomingdale’s Dubai Mall, Coach Café draws inspiration from a New York sunset and is bathed in radiant yellow hues. The café’s menu is a tribute to New York and features an array of classic dishes, accompanied by hot and cold beverages, tantalising tarts, and mouthwatering cheesecakes. For visitors seeking to delve deeper into the Coach experience, an exclusive selection of leather goods and limited-edition items is available.
GO: Follow @coach on Instagram for more information.
Enjoy a business lunch at BOCA
BOCA has long upheld a reputation for good food and sustainable practices. While the restaurant stocks wine from more than 200 labels, the European-inspired business lunch menu changes regularly. Expect dishes such as smoked duck tiradito, roasted chicken breast and pistachio kunafa rolls to appear. If you want to go luxe, book the private dining room that doubles up as a wine cellar. Available Monday to Thursday, from 12pm to 3:30pm. AED 115 (two courses) and AED 140 (three courses).
GO: Visit https://boca.ae for reservations and more information.
See Trey Songz live in Dubai
Black nightclub at Soho Garden Meydan welcomes Trey Songz to Dubai on 1 September for a one-off performance. The international star will take to the stage and perform his chart-topping hits. Over his career, the R&B star has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and collaborated with performers including Drake, Fabolous and Nicki Minaj. We’re hoping he performs his hit songs Na Na, Bottoms Up, Mr. Steal Your Girl, Say Aah and Slow Motion.
GO: Visit www.sohogardendxb.com for more information.
Saturday 2 September
This weekend, immerse yourself in an invigorating Ice Bucket session at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. The treatment includes a revitalising Wim Hof Method Breathing exercise, an exhilarating Ice Bath and breakfast at Aqua Restaurant. Guiding the experience is the esteemed Benoit Demeulemeester, a seasoned host and Executive Coach. AED 600.
GO: Visit https://endorphins.me for reservations and more information.
Dine at Din Tai Fung’s first licensed venue
Spanning two floors, the new Din Tai Fung on Bluewaters Island offers an elegant cocktail bar and a menu of new dishes, including Lobster Pot Stickers, Lobster Mapo Tofu, Sea Urchin Noodles, and Black Truffle Egg Fried Rice set against the backdrop of Dubai’s glittering marina. Diners can unwind at the first licensed Din Tai Fung in the UAE while sipping skillfully crafted beverages.
GO: Call 04 288 7786 for reservations and more information.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa The Palm Dubai, has launched a brand new beachfront Padel Court with panoramic views of the glistening ocean. Whether you’re a resort guest searching for a novel way to unwind or a Dubai resident eager to embark on a fresh fitness journey, this Padel Court is for you. AED 180 (in-house guests for 90 minutes) and AED 280 (external guests for 90 minutes).
GO: Visit www.exoticadubai.tajhotels.com for reservations and more information.
Sunday 3 September
Enjoy a leisurely lunch
Say hello to “La Domenica Italiana” at Pierchic, where you can enjoy a harmonious fusion of Italian culture, culinary excellence, and coastal enchantment. Indulge in Fritto Misto, Vitello Tonnato Burrata with Tomatoes, Pasta Della Nonna and tempting Tiramisu. Pierchic also boasts an extensive selection of handpicked Italian wines to accompany the dishes. Sundays, from 1pm to 2:45pm. AED 270 per person with 20% on selected beverages.
GO: Visit www.jumeirah.com for reservations and more information.
Dine at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Dubai
This weekend, it’s a family-friendly affair at the celebrity-chef-fronted restaurant inside Caesars Palace Dubai. Serving a selection of world-class signature dishes every Sunday, Gordon’s Sunday lunch at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Dubai offers Prime Rib dry aged for 35 days in addition to duck fat twice roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, and lashings of gravy. Sundays from 12:30pm to 3pm. Prices from AED 150 per person.
Experience a culinary collab
Chef Himanshu Saini of Trèsind Studio will join forces with Chef Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent for a two-night culinary collaboration. Currently ranked at number 19 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Indian Accent has been instrumental in putting Indian food on the world map, while Trèsind Studio is the only Indian Michelin-starred restaurant in UAE. As a protégée of Chef Manish, this dinner provides the ideal opportunity for Chef Himanshu Saini to pay homage to his biggest inspiration. Available on 3 and 4 September at 6pm and 9pm. AED 1,195 per person.
GO: Visit www.tresindstudio.com for more information.